§ 90.65  GROUNDS FOR AND CONDITIONS OF IMPOUNDMENTS.
   (A)   Animals found in cruel, abusive or neglectful situations as defined in this section or animals that have been abandoned may be promptly impounded if no immediate contact with a responsible person can be made; provided, however, that the animal control officer or police officer shall leave written notice saying the location of the animal and the reason for the impoundment.
   (B)   Animals so removed will be impounded and held at the Hamilton County Humane Society or designated facility at the violator's cost until such time that the violator is in compliance with this section; provided, however, that in no event shall this period exceed ten (10) days, at which time the animal shall become the property of the Humane Society, unless an extension is necessary for the animal control officer or police officer to have ample time to prepare a court case if prosecution is warranted. In the case of an animal impounded for quarantine at the Humane Society, the animal will become the property of the Noblesville Police Department if not claimed by closing time of the Humane Society on the eleventh day of the quarantine.
   (C)   Animals impounded for reasons beyond the control of the owner, such as, but not limited to, house fire, death of owner, or arrest of the owner, will be held for ten (10) days during which time a reasonable effort will be made to contact the owner and/or their representative. After the tenth day of impoundment, the animal will become the property of the Noblesville Police Department or Humane Society.
   (D)   Animals waiting disposition by the courts shall remain in the custody of the Noblesville Police Department or Humane Society unless such disposition is made or placed in a foster home until legal arrangements have been completed.
   (E)   Animals so removed may be transported to a licensed veterinarian for examination and/or treatment. If, in the opinion of said veterinarian, the animal must be destroyed, euthanasia will be performed immediately. Cost of treatment, euthanasia, and/or care shall be the responsibility of the owner/agent. Failure of the owner/agent to pay within thirty (30) days of the examination and/or treatment by a licensed veterinarian shall constitute a Class C infraction and may be punished therefor.
(Ord. 09-02-21, passed 2-23-21)